TACLOBAN CITY- In a simultaneous nationwide conduct of the fun and advocacy ride called “Bike for Peace and Justice,” an estimated 134 bikers from different parts of the city gathered at the grounds of Balyuan Tower along Magsaysay Boulevard for the opening program last Saturday(July 17) at 5:00 am.
The approximately 14 to 15 kilometers completed route from Magsaysay Boulevard to Apitong and vice versa was a simultaneous cry for justice and peace, and a unified call to condemn the use of anti-personnel landmines which is a violation of International Humanitarian Law, and the brutal killing of Kieth Absalon, a 21-year old football player who died from a mine explosion by the roadside of Masbate when he was biking with his friends 40 days ago.
“This event is not only a simple group ride but an advocacy ride joining the call to end violence that victimizes the youth,” says Mayor Alfred S. Romualdez in his message read by Atty. Agnes Pacheco.
He further emphasized the importance of biking activity as it has become tremendously big as an avenue for people to distress and come together during the pandemic.
“This event also promotes the general health, fitness, and camaraderie among Taclobanon cyclists and other cyclists from the neighboring towns,” the city mayor added.
Meanwhile, the advocacy event which was a collaboration among the City Government of Tacloban, Philippine Information Agency (PIA-VIII), JRTF-ELCAC, DILG Tacloban, Hands of Our Children-EV, 8ID-PA, and TCPO ended with a covenant signing.(TACLOBAN CITY INFORMATION OFFICE)